2014 Exhibits

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Below is a complete list of all Expo activities, demonstrations, contests, and workshops for 2014. Click on each title for more information! Please note that room locations are subject to change.

Alice in Software Land

Time: All Day
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 123

Do you enjoy playing The Sims or ZooTycoon? Have you ever wanted to change the world yourself and customize it to do what you want? Meet Alice. Alice is a program that allows you to create a virtual world, with pre-made objects like people, animals, backgrounds, sounds, and things like trees, grass, and other objects you can manipulate. It is much more than a virtual world. In the background, Alice creates object-oriented code that describes the objects and their placement, movement, and actions in the world.

Awesome Aerodynamics

Time: All Day
Location: Engineering Hall, 2nd Floor East Hallway & Cubbies

Come make a paper airplane and see how far it can fly! Use a template or come up with your own design. Build, then test, and modify your plane to see if you can gain more distance.

Baseball Traffic Study

Time: All Day
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 037

Watch how a radar gun can be used to measure the velocity of a thrown baseball. Compile velocity data to determine what the "speed limit" would be if the baseballs were vehicles.

The Big Bang

Time: All Day
Location: Engineering Hall, Room 229

An Expo favorite! Sparks will fly, and so will cans, pennies, aluminum foil, and steel wool as electrons course through metal objects.

Boppin' Button Bonanza Blitz

Time: 10:00 am, 10:30 am, and 11:00 am
Location: Engineering Hall, Room 207

Interested in learning about how to make a process more efficient? Want to make your own buttons? Check out the Boppin' Button Bonanza Blitz, where you can compete and win prizes!

Bristle Bot Workshop

Time: 10:00,10:30, and 11:00
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 039

Come build your own robot! We'll use toothbrush heads, a motor, and batteries and you'll walk away with your very own bristle bot! Limited to the first 20 students per workshop time—hurry this fills up fast!

CAN We Recycle Aluminum?

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 124

Check out this poster to find out more about the processes and costs of extracting aluminum out of the ground versus the costs of recycling it. Learn what happens to your can after you finish your favorite drink.

Candy Boxing

Time: 10:00 am, 10:30 am, and 11:00 am
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 023

Are you competitive? Do you like games? Do you want candy?! Come and try Candy Boxing to learn about how to make a process more efficient and win sweet prizes!

Candy Car Craze

Time: 10:00 am, 10:30 am, and 11:00 am
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 101

Race to assemble your very own edible candy car. The faster you build it, the faster you can eat it!

Cauldron Bubbles

Time: All Day
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 045

What happens when you mix oil and water? Come and try it to learn about density.

Chemistry Showcase

Time: 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 1:00, 1:30
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 144

Check out this showcase of interesting demonstrations, including fire, explosions, and underwater fireworks!

Concrete Canoe

Time: All Day
Location: Engineering Hall, Downstairs Lobby

Concrete floats?! Come and see the work of the UW-Platteville Concrete Canoe Team and learn about the materials used to create the special concrete used in the canoe.

Controlled Chaos: Mechanical Engineering

Time: All Day
Location: Ottensman Hall, Rooms 001 & 006

Multiple opportunities to see mechanical engineering in action, including a wind tunnel, 3-D printer, stirling engine, cornstarch and water, floating ping pong ball, thermal camera, and water rocket.

Cornstarch Monsters

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 064

Explore the properties of non-Newtonian fluid using cornstarch and water. Watch cornstarch come alive before your eyes! Caution: project is slightly messy. It's tons of fun! All ages are welcome!

Edible Concrete and Quicksand

Time: All Day
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 066

Use ice cream, crushed Oreo cookies, and other edible additives to learn about concrete mixtures. Mix your own edible concrete!
You will also learn about quicksand and liquifaction.

Electronic Waste: Landfill or Recycle?

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 124

Do you like video games? Do you have a cell phone? What happens to these items when you're done with them? Explore the "afterlife" of electronics and whether it is more cost-effective to throw them away or recycle them.

Engineering Physics Zip Line Challenge

Time: All Day
Location: Engineering Hall, Room 233

Come and watch contestants test their self-powered systems across a zip line. The team whose system crosses the 15-meter zip line in the shortest amount of time wins! Systems must be designed and built before the day of Expo. If you or your class would like to participate in the competition, you can view more details on the K-12 Contests and Competitions page.

Glass: Trash It or Pass It?

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 124

Is recycling glass really economically viable? This project investigates the real cost of recycling glass versus throwing it away.

Glowlight Zombies

Time: All Day
Location: Engineering Hall, Room 116

Come and learn about an independent video game in the development stage. And maybe pick up a few tips about surviving a zombie horde while you're at it!

Ice Cream! Ice Cream! We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Time: 1:00 pm and 1:30 pm
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 020

Learn about the components involved in ice cream and a cool way to make it. Enjoy an ice cream treat, too!

Laser Harp

Time: All Day
Location: Engineering Hall, Room 118

Laser beams act like the strings of a harp. When the beam is broken, it creates a sound. The pitch of the sound depends on how far from the source the laser beam is broken, and different beams play different notes.

Lego Robot Race!

Time: 12:00 noon, 12:30 pm, and 1:00 pm
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 023

Come and compete with your friends! Apply industrial engineering concepts and race to build a Lego robot.

Lego Wars

Time: 9:30 am, 10:00 am, and 10:30 am
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 112

Conquer the world by building a Lego army as quickly as possible! Will your army be the one with the most warriors left standing?

Message in a Bottle

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 124

Explore an economic analysis of recycling and landfilling plastic.

Model Bridge Competition

Time: All Day
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 049

Students across the state have built balsa bridges; watch as we test them to their breaking point. Bridges must be registered, designed, and built in advance. If you or your class would like to participate in the competition, you can view more details on the K-12 Contests and Competitions page.

Nano Room

Time: All Day
Location: Engineering Hall, Room 243

Come explore the nanoscale world!  We’ll be demonstrating an atomic force microscope and a scanning electron microscope. From CDs to insects to micromachines, you’ll never see the world the same way again!

Paper in Flight

Time: All Day
Location: Engineering Hall, Room 230

Design and build a paper airplane of your choice. Use a wooden dowel, hook, and rubber band to launch it.

Penny Boats

Time: All Day
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 033

Design an aluminum boat that will hold the most pennies without sinking. Test your boat and race it down the water flume.

Pioneer 600 Car Race

Time: All Day
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 140

Come and watch high school contestants race their battery-powered cars. If you or your class would like to participate in the competition, you can view more details on the K-12 Contests and Competitions page.

Popsicle Stick Bridges

Time: 10:00 am, 11:00 am, and 12:00 noon
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 126

Design, build, and test your own popsicle stick bridge. Different models serve different purposes, and each reacts different to stress tests. Be creative! Will your bridge be strong enough to stand on?!

Put It In the Bin

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 124

Stop. Think. Recycle. Learn about the important differences between recycling and landfilling paper. How much does each option cost? Which one is economically feasible?

To Recycle Household Batteries or Not?

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 124

Learn about the direct and indirect costs of recycling and landfilling household batteries. How are batteries recycled? What are the environmental and human effects from landfilling batteries? What can you do?

Rube Goldberg Contraption Demonstration

Time: 9:30 - 11:00 am
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 042

How many steps does it take to tear a piece of paper? Come see the contraptions students made using simple machines. Elementary, middle, high school, and university students will be demonstrating their creations. If you or your class would like to participate in the competition, you can view more details on the K-12 Contests and Competitions page.

Science as Art

Time: All Day
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 103

The Science as Art Contest celebrates the creativity of the students at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with art from primary images capturing scientific phenomena or generated using scientific tools.

Slime Room

Time: All Day
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 122

Get hands-on and learn about chemical reactions! Pay $0.50 to make different colored slime. Learn how and why the slime forms the way it does, and then take home your colorful concoction!

Society of Automotive Engineers Vehicles

Time: All Day
Location: Ottensman Hall, Downstairs Atrium - East

Come and check out the baja car, formula car, and clean snowmobile that the Society of Automotive Engineers members have built for competitions.

 Soda Bottle Rockets

Time: All Day
Location: Outside Ottensman Hall - East Lawn

Ever wonder why rocket, car and plane designers choose the profiles they do? Come find out what shape makes a soda bottle fly the highest in this water rocket show! You will get to see computer analysis of the aerodynamic performance of the different rockets and then decide for yourself which you think will fly higher.

Steel Bridge

Time: 9:00 am, 10:00 am, and 11:00 am
Location: Engineering Hall, Room 115

See the UW-Platteville Steel Bridge team's competition bridge. Learn how they used less than 200 lbs. of steel to support over 2,000 lbs.

 Strongest Tower

Time: All Day
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 044

Come and try to build a structure that will support a textbook using only note cards, tape, toothpicks, paperclips and Popsicle sticks.

Surveying Exhibit

Time: 10:00 am, 11:00 am, and 12:30 pm
Location: Ottensman Hall, Downstairs Atrium - West

See a demonstration of surveying equipment, including how to determine weight using the equipment. Also view an exhibit of old surveying equipment and learn about how the field of surveying has changed.

Target Practice

Time: 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, and 1:00 pm
Location: Engineering Hall, Room 107

Construct a paper-ball launcher and learn how to maximize its flight distance! Challenge yourself and your friends to hit a bulls-eye or send your paper ball the farthest! Also learn about the basic physics behind Angry Birds and try out your new knowledge for yourself with a life-size version of the game!

Tesla Motors Model S

Time: All Day
Location: Engineering Hall, Room 128

The Model S is the world's first premium electric sedan with seating for 7, up to a 300 mile range, and zero emissions.

Texting and Driving

Time: All Day
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 105

Learn about the dangers of texting and driving by using Mario Kart for Wii. Drive and compare how good you are when reading text messages versus paying full attention to the road.

World of Water

Time: All Day
Location: Ottensman Hall, Room 109

Learn how erosion can impact land near running water. Witness how flocculants can clean up turbid water. Our environmental engineering students will also show a hydrologic model that explains how all water in our world is connected.

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